by Tony West
Ford Motor Company honors the accomplishments of the Jackie Robinson West Little League U.S. Champions by contributing to the Jackie Robinson Foundation. Jackie Robinson West captured the hearts of fans in Chicago and across the country as the team that advanced from its home field on the city’s south suburbs to become U.S. Little League Champions. Ford’s contribution of $10,000 a year will go toward a four-year Jackie Robinson Foundation college scholarship awarded to a member of the Jackie Robinson West Little League, beginning in summer 2015. The player earning the scholarship will join a select group of college-bound students chosen annually who receive grants and a host of mentoring services, internship placements and practical life skills during their four years of college.
“Ford Motor Company Fund salutes the tremendous impact these youngsters and the Jackie Robinson West league have had on Chicago and across the nation,” said Ziad Ojakli, group vice president, Government and Community Relations, Ford Motor Company. We’re proud to build on that legacy and our long manufacturing presence in Chicago by assisting a student who best exemplifies the ideals Jackie Robinson represented.”
Ford Motor Company Fund invests more than $8 million a year in scholarships and other education initiatives, including other support to the Jackie Robinson Foundation. Since 1973, the Jackie Robinson Foundation has awarded more than $65 million in scholarships and other support for 1,450 undergraduate and graduate students.